With less than 10 days left before the four-day art, film, and music extravaganza known as Alpha-ville takes place in London, the festival is in the midst of gearing up for what should be an enticing presentation of forward-thinking culture. Read more »
Maybe it's When Saints Go Machine's roots in dance music (half of the group makes up techno duo Kenton Slash Demon), but there's something about the dancefloor-oriented pop-experimentalism of the Danish four-piece that lends itself to remixing. There's already been a lengthy string of reworks following the release of Konkylie, the band's sophomore LP, and now, California-based producer Shlohmo (pictured above) has given the group a druggy version of album cut "Kelly." The resulting production is a radical departure into a wonderland of half-time hip-hop beats, insistently buzzing synthesizers, and creepy, pitch-bent vocals evocative of a twisted Arthur Russell. It's a startling remix that removes the original track's dancefloor elements in favor of a headier and more immersive soundscape.
The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. As a beatmaker whose music isn't specifically designed for the dancefloor, Teebs probably isn't asked to put together DJ charts too often, but the Southern California producer's 10 selections here show the same impeccable taste that guides his own hazy, leftfield creations. Read more »
The venerable Berlin club/label Tresor recently celebrated its 20th year as one of Germany's staple nights for deep, forward-thinking techno, and now it's time to acknowledge the label's two decades of existence with a comprehensive mix of the its past, present, and future from Detroit legend Mike Huckaby. Read more »
Well, it certainly has been a while (about three years, in fact) since we last heard from the kraut-obsessed synth adventurers known as Tussle. The group has just reappeared on a new split-12" (pictured above) with the experimental-electro alias of Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomson, Publicist, for a release that arrived this week courtesy of SF-based label Voltaire. Here we have Tussle's blistering remix of Thomson's "Hand to Mouth" tune (also posted for download a while back), on which the sonic tinkerers expand the original track into more of a dancefloor heater by more than doubling the song's length and taking it on a voyage through a seemingly endless sea of analog processors. The Split Infinitive EP, which will have its official release party in SF this Saturday (details here), features one original and one remix from each party involved, and can be streamed in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
Mysterious UK producer Patten is a few weeks away from issuing his debut LP, GLAQJO XAACSSO (artwork above), on the No Pain in Pop imprint, and has passed along this track to give us a taste of what's to come. "Fire Dream" is a dark, murky outing that hides what could be an almost tender culmination of synths under layers of buzzing distortion and blown-out drums. The tune accumulates layers of grainy percussion and incomprehensible vocal whisperings as Patten tests the listener's patience a bit with the slow-brewing swirl that makes up the track's first three-plus minutes. Eventually, a monstrously overdriven drum machine takes over the proceedings, and comparison to Actress' deeply hazy, meandering techno could be made—making it clear why fans of noise-laden, quasi-leftfield house and techno have been anticipating the release of Patten's forthcoming debut on September 26.
Perhaps better known for the sparse and inhuman minimal techno of his Maetrik project, Eric Estornel has nonetheless done a lot towards re-inventing himself under the name of Maceo Plex. Standing in contrast to earlier forays, his new moniker explores the moody and tightly wound world of vocal tech-house. Sweating Tears, his latest EP, continues in a vein similar to his last four releases, but offers mixed results.
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Before Southern California producer and Proximal label head Carl Madison Burgin (a.k.a. Sahy Uhns) drops his debut LP, the haughtily titled An Intolerant Disdain of Underlings (pictured above), on October 18, we're treated to an example of the kinds of hard-edged, boom-bap-addled electronic productions available therein. "Anticipation of the Night," which is named after a 1958 film by Stan Brakhage, is a gritty, twisted track that seems unable to stay in one place for longer than a handful of seconds. Thankfully, each new direction Sahy Uhns takes us in is as tantalizing as the one that came before it.
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